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Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives: June 12, 2000

  Haiku by Al Gamper
Multi-Bids for GE's U.S. Commercial Lending Business
  Financial News Media Reports
Bank Officer Gets One Year/$174,000 Judgment
 False Statement to Hide His Bad Loans
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Cliff McKenzie --CLFP for 28 Years
  Celebrating Long Time Members
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
 One Work Remotely/ Two in Southern California
Three More Join Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers
   in Equipment Finance and Leasing 
Sales Make it Happen by Christopher Menkin
What You Can Learn from GreatAmerica Financial Services
Leasing Industry Recruiters
These Firms have finance and leasing industry experience
Twitters Biggest Problem in One Chart
  Why CEO is Stepping Down July 1
Spy/When Marnie Was there
A Master Builder/Wild Tales/My Dinner w/Andre

Film/Digital Reviews by Fernando Croce
Pointer/Vizsla, Smooth Haired 
Irving, Texas  Adopt-a-Dog

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Mortgage rates jump after positive news about jobs
Benchmark up to 4.15 Percent
Bank of America to close drive-up tellers at 12 branches
  Internet Use as Well as 24 hour Live Teller ATM's…
20 Hottest Apps in Finance 
  IOS  Android
The Foreign-Bribery Case Exposing the Freebies
   Doled Out by American Law Firms
Element Financial continues run as best-performing
   Canadian financial stock
E.P.A. Takes Step to Cut Emissions From Planes
   Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Texas Flooding Damages up to 10,000 Insured Vehicles
   Processing Underway
Property Damage Worsens in Louisiana as Flooding Continues
    Severe Flooding of the Red River
After Financial Crisis, Fates of Lender and Borrower Diverge
Former Billionaire, Now Sits his 8th Week Solitary Confinement

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Archives: June 12, 2000
Haiku by Al Gamper

The road to success is rarely a straight line.
Maybe it is time to devise a new strategy...
Prepare for growth...
Sharpen your competitive edge.

CIT   The Financial Leader


Mr. Albert R. Gamper, Jr., age 72, serves as the President of Caliber Home Loans, Inc., (Formerly, Vericrest Financial, Inc.). Mr. Gamper served as the Chief Executive Officer of CIT Group Inc., Livingston, New Jersey (commercial finance company), from May 1987 to July 21, 2004, and served as its President from May 1987 to September 3, 2003 and Chairman from July 1, 2002 to December 31, 2004. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tyco Capital Corp. from June 2001 to February 2002. Prior to December 1989, Mr. Gamper served a number of executive positions at Manufacturers Hanover Corp., a prior owner of CIT, where he joined in 1962.



Multiple Bids for GE's U.S. Commercial Lending Business
Financial News Media Reports


There are many jumping ship to other companies, and amidst the sale, GE is trying to hold on to executives and sales personnel, promising it is not just the portfolio, but the operation. Many have lived through this before and have been given promises that change when the new buyer assimilates the portfolio and operation into their way of conducting business at their location(s).

Talk in the financial aisles is that there four major companies making a play for the $40 billion that GE is dangling.  They include Capital One, TD, U.S. Bancorp, and Wells Fargo.  There may be others, who also have the ability of buying all four lines. In total, GE has about $74 billion in U.A. commercial loans and leases.

Definitely looks like the best time to sell a finance or leasing operation.

*GE Slogan Contest Winners


Bank Officer Gets One Year/$174,000 Judgment
False Statement to Hide His Bad Loans

Brian W. Harrison, 56, of Great Bend, Kan., a former loan officer at Farmers Bank and Trust, was sentenced on June 8, 2015, to six months in federal prison followed by six months home detention for bank fraud. Harrison was additionally ordered to pay $124,000 in restitution and $50,000 in a personal forfeiture judgment.

Harrison’s duties included reviewing, approving, and disbursing loans. In furtherance of a scheme to defraud the bank, he made or caused to be made false statements to the bank to hide the poor performance of various loans he made. His false statements were intended to deflect questions from bank officers about problems with his loans. He falsified credit and loan applications, promissory notes, and security agreements on behalf of a purported debtor without the debtor’s proper authority.


New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Shawn Arnone was hired as SVP, Global Sales & Business Development, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado; based in the Greater New York area. Previously he was Chief Originations Officer at Century Tokyo Leasing (USA) Inc. (May, 2014 - January, 2015). Senior Vice President, RBS Citizens Asset Finance (July, 2013–May, 2014); Senior Vice President, Originations, EverBank Commercial Finance (October, 2008-March, 2013); Vice President of Sales, Direct Capital Corporation, (August, 2009-September, 2010); Senior Vice President, EverBank Commercial Finance (f.k.a. Tygris Vendor Finance) (October, 2008–February, 2009); Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, The CIT Group (March, 2005 – October, 2008); Vice President, Key Equipment Finance (March, 2001–March, 2005); Senior Program Manager, Citigroup Equipment Finance (March, 2000–March, 2000);Major Account Executive, Canon Business Solutions (March, 1997–March, 2001); Program Manager, Canon Financial Services, Inc. (March, 1997–March, 2000); Regional Sales Manager, Sequa Credit Corporation (1991–1993). Education: City University of New York-Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business, MBA, Finance & Strategic Management (2001–2003); St. Peter's University, Marketing (1986–1989). North Bergen (1982–1986).

Dino Bordignon was hired as Regional Sales Manager at Advantage Funding, Lake Success, New York. His territory will be in the Greater Chicago area.  Previously, he was the District Sales Manager, Hino Motors Sales (December, 2013 – January, 2015); Sr. Credit Analyst, General Motors Financial Company, INC. (GMF) (May, 2012 – November, 2013); Regional Sales Executive, Navistar Financial (August, 2008 – May, 2012). He went to work for Daimler Financial Services (Mercedes Benz Financial Services), March, 1997 as Team Leader, Collection, and was promoted to Deficiency Recovery Specialist, the Loss Recovery Coordinator, District Credit Coordinator,
and then Credit Supervisor, Senior District Credit Coordinator (March, 1997-August, 2008). 1997 he was Loss Recovery Coordinator, January, 1997; promoted January, 1998; promoted Team Leader, Collections, 1999; promoted to Deficiency Recovery Specialist (January, 1998-January, 2001).  Prior, he held Various Positions, Ford Motor Credit Company (May, 1990-March, 1997); Rental Representative, Enterprise Leasing (January, 1990-May, 1990); Assistant Store Manager, Super Low Foods (January, 1980-May, 1990).  Languages: Italian. DePaul University, Bachelor of Science, Marketing (1988 – 1990). Triton College, Associates, Business Administration (1985 – 1988)

Lesli Chenelle was hired as Queen of Credit at Triton Capital, San Diego, California. Previously, she was Credit Analyst, Commercial Finance & Leasing Bank of Cardiff, Inc. (September, 2013 – May, 2015); Credit Analyst, Pentech (2004-2008); Assistant Branch Manager, United Auto Credit (September, 2003 – October, 2004); Fraud/Risk Analyst, Peoplefirst Finance (January, 2002 – September, 2003); Team Leader, Toyota Financial Services (April, 1998-December, 2001); Food and Beverage Revenue Control Supervisor,
Hotel Del Coronado (September, 1994 – March, 1997). Education:
National University, Bachelor of Business Administration (1990 – 1994).

Edward Crowley was hired to "lead Independence Energy Corporation, Youngsville, LA, newly established financial services unit called RedHawk Finance Services. Crowley is the founder of Bankers Capital, 1991, a Massachusetts-based financial services firm focused on brokering third party corporate debt financings, asset-based lending, revolving credit facilities, equipment leasing and subordinated debt lending. Since its inception, Bankers Capital has arranged for the funding of more than $275 million in structured debt financings." Prior, he was Vice-President of First Atlantic Leasing (March, 1989-March, 1991). Languages: Icelandic. Education: Northeastern University, Mechanical Engineering (1976 – 1979). College/University Preparatory and Advanced High School/Secondary Diploma Program (1970 – 1974). Scituate High School.

Paul W. Frechette rejoins The Alta Group, Reno, Nevada, as Director of Client Relations and Consulting, "working closely with captive and vendor leasing companies and other finance businesses to build new markets, drive revenue growth and improve market positioning.”  He is based out of Healdsburg, California. June, 2014, he was hired as Technology and Healthcare Business Unit Manager, Bank of the West Equipment Finance. He had joined The Alta Group, January, 2011, and was promoted January, 2013, to head The Alta Group Diversified Industries. Prior he was at Tygris, July, 2008, in charge of Vendor Finance; Tygris was purchased by EverBank Commercial Finance, where he was appointed EVP, Business Development. Prior he was VP, General Manager, Sun Microsystems Global Financial Services (2006–2008). He joined Key Equipment Finance and was promoted to President and COO of the Commercial Leasing Services (2002-2006); SVP, Heller Financial, Inc. (1995–2002); SVP, Vendor Services, US Leasing Corp. (1979–1994). Prior, he was SVP and Managing Director, GVF Business Development, for Heller Financial, Inc. (acquired by GE Capital in 2001) in San Francisco, California. Paul's career includes past executive assignments with U.S. Bancorp Leasing and Financial, U.S. Leasing International and Fleet Credit Corporation.  Associations: Board of Trustees, Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (October, 2003–November, 2012). Advisory Board, University of Rhode Island Business School Advisory Board (December, 2002–December, 2013). Board of Directors, Raven Performing Arts Theater (December, 2011–March, 2014). Education: University of Rhode Island - College of Business Administration, B.S., Marketing Management (1968–1973).

Bob Hartshorn was hired as Regional Sales Manager at Advantage Funding, Lake Success, New York.  He will be located in the Greater Boston area. Previously, he was Regional Sales Manager, Hitachi Capital America Corp. (June, 2014 – June, 2015); Business Development Manager, Engs Commercial Finance (January, 2014 – June, 2014); Financial Consultant, Santander Investment Services (January, 2013 – January, 2014); Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (June, 2011 – January, 2013); Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch (August, 2008 – June, 2011); District Sales Manager, Citi Group (September, 2007 – August, 2008); District Finance Manager, Daimler Truck Financial (1999 – 2007); Credit Supervisor.
Ford Motor Credit Company (August, 1995 – January, 1999). Education: Bentley College, Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business, MBA, Finance (1993 – 2004). Framingham State College, BA, Business Finance (1989 – 1992). Activities and Societies: Student Body Senator. President of Business Club. Algonquin RHS (1984 – 1988). Volunteer: President, Millbury Sutton Youth Football and Cheer (July, 2007 – Present).

Andrew Mellon was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas; he is based in Orange County, California. Previously, he was Account Manager - Vendor Services, Balboa Capital (October, 2013 – March, 2015). He joined Frontline Selling, January, 2012 as Demand Creation Executive, and was promoted October, 2012, to Research Market Analyst. Prior, he was Equipment Finance Intern. SCM Finance (May, 2009 – August, 2011). Education: Georgia Perimeter College (2010 – 2012).

Jody Miller was hired as Executive Vice President of General Finance Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of GFN North America Leasing
Corporation, Pasadena, California. Previously, he was CEO, Southern Frac (June, 2013 – Present); COO, Mobile Mini Inc. (December 2008–May 2013); SVP, Mobile Storage Group (2004 – 2008); RVP, RSC Equipment Rental (September 1988–February 2004). Education: niversity of Central Missouri, Construction technology (1986–1990).

Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Peek was hired as executive vice chairman of global corporate and investment banking at Bank of America. Previously, he was Vice Chairman in the Investment Banking Division at Barclays Capital and Barclays PLC (September, 2010 - June, 2015). Previously, he had joined the CIT Group September, 2003 as Chief Operating Officer to July, 2004, also serving as President until June, 2008. He was also Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, CIT Group (January, 2005 - December, 2009);  Managing Director and Head of Financial Services, March, 2002 to July,2004, Credit Suisse Asset Manager and Private Client Services. From 1983 to 2001, he held various executive positions at Merrill Lynch, including as an Executive Vice President from 1997 to 2001. He served as an Equity Analyst at BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division. He also held the President of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Co-Head of Investment Banking.  From 1975 to 1983, he served as a Managing Director of Warburg Paribas Becker. He serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bendheim Financial Center at Princeton University. Mr. Peek is the Member Advisory Board of Strategic Value Partners, LLC. He serves as a Vice Chairman of St. Paul Travelers Companies (Formerly Travelers Property Casualty Corp.). He served as a Vice Chairman of Board of Credit Suisse AG. He served as a Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston business unit (CSFB) from December 2001 to 2003. He serves as a Director of Teachers College Columbia University, the Brearley School, International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Business Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Advisory Council for Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. He serves as a Director of New York City Ballet, Inc. He serves as a Director of New Jersey Performing Arts Center Corporation.  He served as a Director of The St. Paul Companies, Inc. Previously, he served as a Director of New York City Ballet, Inc. Mr. Peek served as Director of Freddie Mac from January 1, 2006 to September 17, 2007. He served as a Director of The Partnership for New York City, Inc.  He served as a Director of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (Formerly Travelers Property Casualty Corp.) from September 2002 to May 3, 2005. Mr. Peek holds Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.

Matt Ross, CLFP, was hired as Vice President and Director of Sales at Huntington Technology Finance; based out of Orange County. Previously, he as Director of Vendor Sales, Macquarie Group (January, 2013 – March, 2015). Prior, he started at GE Capital as Relationship Manager, 2007, promoted to Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager (August, 2011-January, 2013). Certifications: Certified Lease & Finance Professional, CLFP Foundation (Starting January, 1987). Education: Chapman University, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Masters, Business .University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science, Business.

John Sandoval was hired as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, First Financial Services, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina. He previously was Executive Vice President, CHG-Meridian (April, 2010 - June, 2015). After graduating college, "(He)...joined Colorado National Bank, which is now a part of U.S. Bank, learning credit and underwriting. In the equipment finance heavy market of Colorado at the time, he also helped provide financing for equipment leasing companies, looking at different facets of the business. He then went to work for an independent IT leasing company, Capital Associates. Next, he moved back to helping bank equipment leasing companies at Key Equipment Finance. Sandoval was then hired to help launch a group for Sanwa Bank, which later became the middle-market equipment leasing group of Bank of the West. There he helped the bank move from being a small-ticket lessor to a full-service equipment leasing company. During this time, he earned his M.B.A. in entrepreneurship from USC, and followed that with a position at City National Bank." Education: University of Colorado Boulder, BS, Finance, Economics. University of Southern California, M.B.A., Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

Jeff Teucke was hired as Chief Sales Officer, Vendor Division at Dimension Funding, LLC., Irvine, California; based in the Greater New York City Area.  Previously, he was General Manager, Technology EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. (May 2011–November 2014); Business Development – Technology, SG Equipment Finance, USA (December 2008–April 2011); Co-Founder & Managing Director, Capital Conduit Partners, LLC. (October 2006–April 2011); VP, Siemens Financial Services, Inc. (December, 2000 – September, 2006); SVP, AT&T Credit (1985–2001). Education: Eastern Michigan University, BBA, Marketing Major, 1975.



Cliff McKenzie --CLFP for 27 Years
Celebrating Long Time Members

The Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Foundation is celebrating their 30th anniversary of the designation and 15th for the formation of the Foundation.  Originally started by the Western Association of Equipment Lessors (WAEL) in 1985, later joining support from the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors and National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers, this series salutes those who remain active.

Cliff McKenzie, CLFP
Senior Vice President, Sales
Ascentium Capital, LLC

My career started in 1978 and I was blessed to enter the industry at a time when becoming an expert was critical to success. Many changes in tax, accounting, finance and leasing occurred from 1980 to the early 1990s that influence us today.  On April 25, 1988, I received my CLP.  Gaining experience in every facet of equipment financing including legal, bankruptcy, securitization, documentation, credit and sales has proven invaluable. Being recognized as an expert regarding industry standards and practices has been a bonus.

In the same year that I obtained my CLP designation, I joined and created Fujitsu Finance based on a speech that I did for the American Association of Equipment Lessors (AAEL) a couple of years back. In 1992 after an acquisition, we spun Fujitsu Finance off and created FinanciaLogic.  FinanciaLogic was a true facilitator with a vendor focus. We would go on to create Norand Finance, Epson Finance and Intermec Finance and continue to support Fujitsu under the FinanciaLogic umbrella. From 1992 to 2012, I was president of FinanciaLogic.  On June 1, 2012, FinanciaLogic was acquired by Ascentium Capital and I am now Senior Vice President of Sales.

My CLP, or to be correct, CLFP, is the highest standard available to distinguish me from others in my industry. My goal has always been to be the very best.

For more information:
Reid Raykovich, CLP - Executive Director
(206) 535-6281 - direct

(Side note: Cliff will be mentoring the sold out June 18-20 Academy for Lease & Finance Professional course, hosted by Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas.)

This three day event is designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming that the candidate has read The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending.  All of the mandatory sections of the exam, as well as three of the elective sections, are covered in-depth during the first two days. On the third day, the exam is offered, but is not mandatory.

New York - August 13-15
Hosted by First American Equipment Finance; more information here

Midwest (Iowa) - November 5-7
Hosted by GreatAmerica Financial Services; more information here




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Three More Join Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing


New to the List

Frank Peretore has written many articles on leasing for the news media as a recognized expert on commercial lenders and lessors, including two books, "Workouts and Enforcement for the Secured Creditor and Equipment Lessor" and "Secured Transactions for the Practitioner: How to Properly Perfect Your Personal Property Lien and Assure Priority." He is currently the Secretary of the National Equipment Finance Association, serving on the board since 2009, as well as serving on many legal committees. He was also on the Board of Directors, Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors, and served on legal committees for the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association. He brings his law experience to his writing and leasing association meetings and conferences. He is highly respected by his colleagues for his dedication to the finance and leasing industry as well as to law.

Ellen Michelle Stern was admitted to the Law Board May 31, 1979.  She specializes in leasing. Her email address is  She has helped many independents and lessors obtain a California Finance Lender's license. A small office in her home allows her to specialize in smaller clients that large firms do not consider, making her unique in the industry. The person who nominated her was not aware of a description utilized in an article she wrote for Leasing News:

"Ellen M. Stern, Esq.
The mainstay of my client base is the leasing industry, in which I have a multitude of connections and resources. My Fixed Fee Programs provide for a single set fee for the entire pleadings process for Claim and Delivery to recover possession of the equipment, for Relief from Stay and for Non-Dischargeability Complaints in Chapter 7s, and I also offer a wonderfully successful and inexpensive collection tool for accounts that are already 60 to 120 days past due that I laughingly entitled my SLAM and has followed with me as useful, practical and very results-oriented. I have found that as long as the client knows up-front what the cost will be the client remains understanding of and satisfied with the process. I also always quote ballpark prices for everything prior to engaging in any legal tactics, so there are no surprises for the client.  My hourly rates are also highly competitive and I make many of my court appearances telephonically to reduce the cost to the client."

Michael J. Witt today provides portfolio auditing services to commercial banks and finance companies, as well is active in law. He has written articles for Leasing News as well as other industry news media from his experience as Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company, Des Moines, Iowa, and Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services, Voorhees, New Jersey. He has served as an expert on finance and leasing laws for other attorneys, recently joining the LEAN Attorney network.


Those nominated may amend their nomination and, it should
be noted,  they are edited for grammar, verification, and perhaps
further explanation by the editor and Associate Editor Ralph Mango.

Leasing News Legal Editor Tom McCurnin has excused himself
from the list.


Comment from attorney nominated:
Barry Marks:

“I am honored to be among the 25 lawyers who have influenced our industry. Equipment finance has been very (berry berry ?) good to me and I hope I can give something back. There is much work to be done by all of us if we are going to continue to remain integral to American business finance.”

The list from Wednesday:

Joe Bonanno, CLFP --- He and Barry Marks should be credited with the great help they gave in the formation and beginning of the National Association of Equipment Brokers. In 1998, Barry left from alternating as the Legal Counsel for the association. Joe has not only contributed much here, but also to members and non-members with legal questions and dilemmas, and brought the progress of education, ethics, and good will, including serving on the CLFP Foundation board for many years. A major influence in the leasing industry, always available to answer questions, seemingly day and night. Extremely well respected by the leasing broker community as well as funders.

James Coston, active in several leasing associations, first attorney serving as President (2004) of the United Association of Equipment Leasing, now National Equipment Finance Association. Counsel for leading financial institutions and other lenders and lessors for litigation and management of regional and national contracts and accounts. Active in major cases. Also entrepreneur and active in railroad transportation; politically active.

Kenneth Charles Greene, Esq. Very active in the beginning years of the Western Association of Equipment Lessors (now the National Equipment Finance Association) as well as the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. Well known from attending many of the early conferences of several associations. Key attorney in the early years for Leasing News: From potential lawsuits regarding Bulletin Board Complaints, lawsuits, "bully" letters, 1st amendment issues, competitive practice, Mr. Greene has protected Leasing News without a financial charge or complaint. Also one time active in attorney speaker programs as well as author of a monthly law bulletin. An active professional musician as well as service the music industry in Los Angeles today.

Michael A. Leichtling, well-known attorney on corporate and financial matters, including complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital and private financing transaction, specializing in leasing. counseling lessors, banks, funds, investors, and other funding sources. Member of several leasing associations, including serving on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Executive Committee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. Co-author with the late Jeff Wong, now retired Barry A. Dubin, as editor of the Commercial Finance Guide, now up-dated and published by Matthew Bender. Member, Board of Editors, Equipment Leasing Newsletter (Law Journal Publications). Author and Well-known speaker. Recipient of the 2007 ELFA Award for “Excellence in Leasing."

Barry Marks--was the original attorney for National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers and a very forward thinking, bright attorney and practical businessman. He helped the organization grow and recommended Joe Bonanno, CFLP, to take his position when he retired to become an ex-officio board member. Barry was winner of the Bill Granieri award for leasing education. Always available to answer leasing and finance questions at no charge and to brainstorm problems and solutions, he is a published author and co-author of books on leasing. He also produces a well-read monthly newsletter (available through ). He is also known for his three poetry books and many published poems and stories. Barry was named Alabama Poet of the Year in 1999 and was a runner up for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award for books published by small presses.


Leasing News is looking for nominations for the Top 25 most preeminent lawyers in the finance and leasing business who are still active. This is not a popularity contest or who was the most beneficial, but most influential. We would like a nomination and a minimum of a paragraph of the reasons you consider this person one of the top 25. 

"Influential" as "a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events." "Preeminent" is "eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:" {Online Dictionary}

When the list exceeds 25, there will be a point when the top 25 on the list will be finalized. Nominations will appear in two parts: New Nominations/The Top List to Date (alphabetical) Again, this is not a popularity contest and those making the nomination will not be named. Internet Netiquette to be followed.


(Leasing News provides this ad as a trade for appraisals and equipment valuations provided by Ed Castagna)


Sales Make it Happen

by Christopher Menkin

"What can you learn from GreatAmerica Financial Services Financial Services?

The first and most important decisions is one of the keys to their success: Who is the customer? Who "owns" the customer?

Is it the lessee that is performing at the beginning, during, and at the end, with the collector of the payment keeping in communication, providing service, and caring about obtaining repeat business?

GreatAmerica Financial Services would agree with the concept of better communication with the party making the lease payment, but that is not their answer to either who is the customer or who “owns” the customer?

"We define our customer a little differently than most financing companies. “GreatAmerica Financial Services founder Tony Golobic said in the article. “We resolved that the equipment dealers/leasing brokers are our customers and that the lessee is the customer of the dealer/broker. The dealer/broker, our customer, puts food on our family tables.

"This foundation guides our prospecting and marketing efforts and has engendered great trust with our customers. Not all equipment dealers, just like not all leasing brokers, are the right customers for us. We want just the best ones; the ones who have long-term vision, who want to build strong and lasting relationships with their customers and with us..."

When the sale is over, the vendor is often the party remaining in contact with his customer, providing service, asking or referrals, and hearing appreciation or complaints about the leasing company the vendor referred. Most vendors want to make another sale or get a referral or keep a reputation in their industry circle.

It also may be the vendor has a captive funding source, but runs into situations that they will not accept or a client over the credit limit, and keeping them happy is more important than ignoring them.

GreatAmerica Financial Services also has a "Truth in Leasing" document:

"Our ethical focus has underscored our direction as a whole, ranging from the definition of our customer (above) to the creation of our Truth in Leasing Statement, which is a document we give our customers to give to their customers," he explains. "It’s an industry-first statement that is essentially a leasing bill of rights for the lessee and outlines what they can expect when they enter into a standard agreement with GreatAmerica Financial Services. It also draws a line in the sand by capping residual positions and stating there would be no hidden fee tactics common in many leases."

Except for the more formal "commitment letters," most often utilized on leases over $100,000, the average proposal is boiler plate from over 30 years ago designed with "non-legal" language, often designed to enable the "company" to keep an advance rental with stupid sentences. There are too many companies who know the credit and situation will not get approved, but want to keep the advance rental. Often it is treated as a "draw." Many companies will split or pay a percentage to salesmen when the transaction does not go ahead.

The "Executive Bios" from the company website also divides the company into sections where they maintain the majority of their business. There are also sales leader groups and business origination groups.

It all goes back to the theme, "Who is the customer?" GreatAmerica Financial Services is different.

"The relentless pursuit of our vision to reach the standards of excellence so high in everything we do that we have no competition has enabled us to grow to an asset size of over $1 Billion. We have never stopped growing, not even in the past two years. We now are looking forward to the day, not far away, when we will reach $2 Billion. We will do that by getting better every day and by truly helping our customers become more successful. Each time a customer hangs up the phone with one of our team members, we want them to think: 'Wow, it was a great day - the day I started doing business with GreatAmerica Financial Services!'"



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Second Column: YCS - Year Company Started YELB - Years in equipment Leasing Business

City, State 
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
Geographic Area

Executive Solutions for Leasing & Finance, Inc.
Atlanta GA 30308
Jon Gerson, President 



Search firm specializing in leasing industry. Services include retained and contingent search, strategic consultation, compensation analysis, sales & management training, & customizable consulting products.

Financial Pro Solutions 
Hal T. Horowitz
West Hills, CA 91307
Office:  (818) 347-FINA
Fax: 818-597-3201 
Cell:  (818) 730-0645 




Retained with Executive search firm seeking financial professionals for growth-oriented and challenging opportunities in commercial banking, equipment leasing, asset based lending. Also works with firms seeking V- and C-level financial executives with accounting, financial analysis or treasury disciplines.

Professional Profiles, 
Specialists in Executive Search, Inc.

Orland Park, IL 60462 
Mary Beth Norton
708-403-9229 Voice 
708-403-8854 Fax



We are, by choice, a small shop. We take a very personal approach with all our candidates and hiring managers.
We treat them all
(even those we are unable to help)
with respect and professionalism. 

International, Inc. 

Pembroke Pines, FL 33025 
Emily Fitzpatrick 
Sr. Recruiter
Phone: 954-885-9241
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Twitters Biggest Problem in One Chart
Why CEO is Stepping Down July 1
By Eugene Kim,

Twitter announced on Thursday that Dick Costolo will step down as CEO on July 1.

Since being named CEO in 2010, Costolo's had a rough ride, constantly having to deal with rumors of management change at Twitter.

The biggest problem has been Costolo's inability to grow Twitter's user base at a faster pace. As seen in the chart above by BI Intelligence, Twitter's monthly active user growth on a year-over-year basis has been on a clear downward trend over the past three years. Although it did manage to up its monthly active users to 302 million last quarter, that was only an 18% increase from the same period of last year.

Costolo further worried investors during his last earnings call when he said, "We're off to a slow start in April," indicating even worse user growth numbers for this quarter.


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By Fernando F. Croce

A weekend of belly laughs ("Spy") and animated sighs ("When Marnie Was Here") for box-office releases, while new DVDs offer a trio of notable dramas ("A Master Builder," "Wild Tales," "My Dinner with Andre").

In Theaters:

Spy (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation): Having floundered in inferior vehicles since her Oscar-nominated breakout in "Bridesmaids," Melissa McCarthy finally gets another quality role in this rollicking action-comedy, directed by Paul Feig. McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a meek CIA analyst who goes about her job quietly at her desk while plenty of dangerous international intrigue swirls around her. When her partner, Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law), becomes involved in a case that includes nuclear weapons and possible global disaster, Susan at last gets a chance to be part of the excitement. Featuring a solid supporting cast (Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale) and filled with inventive gags that take advantage of McCarthy's knack for slapstick, this is a fast-paced and enjoyable spoof of espionage thrillers.

When Marnie Was There (Gkids): Beloved Japanese studio Ghibli releases their final animated feature with this beguiling mix of fantasy and drama, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi ("The Secret World of Arrietty"). Based on a novel by British writer Joan G. Robinson, the story centers on 12-year-old Anna (voiced in the English-dubbed version by Hailee Steinfeld), whose youthful loneliness is mitigated when she's sent to the country for health reasons. It's there that she finds an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie (Kiernan Shipka), a mysterious blonde girl with a peculiar capacity for disguises. As their bond strengthens, however, the truth about Marnie seems to veer increasingly toward the mystical side. Featuring the lovingly crafted animation that's long been Ghibli's specialty, this gentle tale of loss and forgiveness plays beautifully as the studio's swan song.

Netflix Tip: When Marnie Was There" signaling the last days of Studio Ghibli, it's a good time to look back at some of their best releases. So check out the animated delights of "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988), "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1989), "Princess Mononoke" (1997), and "Spirited Away" (2002)


A Master Builder (Criterion): One of American cinema's great modern humanists, Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") returns to features following a series of first-rate musical documentaries. His comeback is this screen adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's famous play, powered by eloquent performances from an uniformly fine cast. Wallace Shawn stars as Halvard Solness, a powerful yet ailing architect, whose various relationships make up a welter of emotional trouble. There's his wife Aline (Julie Haggerty), his employee Kaya (Emily McDonnell), and his former associate and competitor Knut (Andre Gregory). Into his home then wanders Hilde (Lisa Joyce), a young woman who, though she's also dying, has a vibrancy for life that Halvard has forgotten about. Handled by Demme with delicacy and bite, the characters' interplay makes for superb, beguiling drama.

Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics): Though it lost the Best Foreign Language Oscar to "Ida," this drama from Argentina has just as much to offer audiences. Unfolding as a series of short stories connected by themes of vengeance, the movie follows a vast ensemble cast (including celebrated Argentine leading man Ricardo Darin) through various tight spots. In one episode, a crooked businessman crosses paths with a waitress whose family was ruined by his dealings. In another, the roadside competition between two drivers escalates into a full-blown battle, complete with explosions. And finally, a traditional wedding takes a sudden turn as past secrets emerge between husband and wife. Directed by Damian Szifron, the film's brash mix of humor and unpredictability is an audacious and enjoyable ride. With subtitles.

My Dinner with Andre (Criterion): Never one to turn down a challenge, versatile French director Louis Malle ("Atlantic City") tackled one of his most unique projects in this 1981 comedy-drama, which boils down to two guys talking for nearly two hours. Playing themselves, New York theater icons Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory meet at a restaurant for meals and conversations. The more voluble of the two, Gregory goes through a wide variety of topics, ranging from Buddhist monks living in the desert to supernatural experiences to fortune cookies to how our awareness of death shapes our lives. Grouchier and more skeptical, Shawn listen attently to his friend but can't help inject his own ideas. On paper this concept sounds dry, but on the screen the results are wry, passionate, revealing, and ultimately poignant.



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"If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think that you dare not, you don't,
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
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If you think you'll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world you'll find,
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It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You've got to think high to rise,
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Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can."




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This Day in American History

      1665 - New Amsterdam legally became British and was renamed New York after English Duke of York.  England installed a municipal government in the former Dutch settlement.
    1771 - Patrick Gass (1771-1870) was born in Falling Springs, PA.  He was a Sergeant of the Lewis & Clark Expedition who wrote a famous book of the exhibition, “Corps of Discovery” that is still available.
    1775 - The first U.S. Naval battle in the Revolutionary War took place when Captain James Moore of the British schooner Margaretta arrived in the harbor of Machias, Maine, and ordered the inhabitants to take down a liberty pole they had erected. The townspeople, led by Jeremiah and John O'Brien, set out in a confiscated sloop, the Unity, and in a hand-to-hand encounter captured the Margaretta and confiscated her cannons. The captured crew was marched overland to Cambridge, MA where they were turned over to General George Washington. The American loss was four killed and eight wounded.
    1775 – British Gen. Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. The British offered a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms. There would be only two exceptions to the amnesty: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who if captured, were to be hanged.
    1776 - Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights. The Virginia Declaration of Rights granted every individual the right to the enjoyment of life and liberty and to acquire and possess property. The Virginia document was written by George Mason and was a precursor to the Declaration of Independence. Mason refused to endorse the Declaration of Independence because it did not include a Bill of Rights.
    1787 - Law passed providing a US Senator must be at least 30 years old
    1806 – The designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, John A. Roebling, was born in Prussia.  He also designed 10 other bridges across eastern and Midwestern rivers.
    1813 - The Revenue cutter Surveyor, at anchor in the York River, Virginia, was surprised by a three-barge attack force launched from the British frigate HMS Narcissus. Outnumbered 50 to 15, the cuttermen wounded seven and killed three of the enemy before the cutter was captured. The British commanding officer of Narcissus was so impressed by "the determined way in which her deck was disputed, inch by inch," in hand-to-hand combat, he returned to Revenue Captain William Travis, the commanding officer of Surveyor, "the sword you had so nobly used."
    1838 - The Iowa Territory was organized.
    1849 – The gas mask was patented by Lewis Haslett, Louisville, KY.
    1859 – The Comstock Lode (silver) was discovered in Nevada.
    1861 - Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson called for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federal troops from taking over his state.  When Union troops in St. Louis jailed the local militia, fighting broke out and Jackson declared Missouri to be a free republic. In November 1861, the Confederacy recognized Missouri as its twelfth state, but the Union was increasingly dominant, and Jackson and his colleagues fled to Arkansas, pending a new invasion. Before this could happen, Jackson died of stomach cancer at Little Rock.
    1864 - After suffering a devastating defeat on June 3, Union General Ulysses S. Grant pulls his troops from their positions at Cold Harbor, Virginia, and moves south. Back in Washington, Lincoln fears he may lose the coming election due to the events of the Civil War and unrest of recruiting drives in the North. The North had more men and supplies (especially since they paid bonuses for recruits and allowed citizens to use substitutes.  As many immigrants entered the United States, they were both given a bonus to join, plus clothes, food, housing, and pay). This day in one of his flamboyant moves, Confederate J.E.B “Beauty” Stuart led a force of cavalry and artillery to reconnoiter Federal positions on the Peninsula. Considered the South's first hero, Stuart and his men completely encircled McLennan's forces, disrupting communications and supply lines and leading the Union forces to believe they were threatened by a much larger force. The large boost to Confederate morale was strengthened when Stonewall Jackson's forces were reinforced under orders by Robert E. Lee. Four days later, Stuart had circled the entire Yankee force, 105,000 strong, and provided Lee with crucial information. Lee dispatched Stuart, his dashing cavalry leader, and 1,200 troopers to investigate the position of McClellan's right flank. Stuart soon discovered that McClellan's right flank did not have any natural topographic features to protect it, so he continued to ride around the rest of the army in a bold display that exceeded Lee's orders. His troopers took prisoners and harassed Federal supply lines. They rode 100 miles, pursued by Union cavalry that was commanded, coincidentally, by Stuart's father-in-law, Philip St. George Cooke. The Confederate cavalry was far superior to their Yankee counterparts, and the expedition became legendary when Stuart arrived back to Richmond on June 15. The information provided to Lee helped the Confederates begin an attack that eventually drove McClellan from Richmond's doorstep. Two years later, facing a better coordinated and overwhelming Union Army, General Stuart tried this same strategy, but was fatally wounded and his unit was basically split up into other Confederate forces due to the lack of his leadership. It was said that if Stuart had arrived in Gettysburg on the first day, the outcome may have been different. The battle here was dumb luck into running into one of General Lee's contingents on the way to join him in the plan to raid Washington, D.C. Stuart was said to be the “eyes and ears” of any General Lee campaign, also considered one of the most brilliant war strategist and commander of troops.
    1868 - Birthday of Solomon (Sol) White (1868-1955) at Bellaire, OH. Baseball player, manager and sportswriter. White played five seasons in white organized baseball and the balance of his career as a player and manager in black baseball. He wrote “The History of Colored Baseball” in 1907.
    1880 - John Lee Richmond pitched the first perfect game in Major League history: Worcester 1, Cleveland's Forest City 0.
    1899 – In the country’s eighth deadliest tornado, the New Richmond Tornado killed 117 people and injured around 200.
    1915 – David Rockefeller, former CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, was born in NYC.
    1916 - Tennis legend Bill Tilden (1916-53) made his 1st appearance at US tennis championship
    1924 - Birthday of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st US President, amateur golfer and former college baseball player, in Milton, MA.

    1928 - Birthday of singer Vic Damone born Vito Farinola, New York, New York.,,420154,00.

    1929 - Anne Frank (1929-45) was born at Frankfurt, Germany.  Her family moved to Amsterdam to escape the Nazis but after Holland was invaded by Germany, they had to go into hiding. In 1942, Anne began to keep a diary given to her on her birthday. She died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. After the war, her father published her diary, on which a stage play and movie were later based. She is remembered today.
    1930 - Barbara Harris’ birthday in Philadelphia.  She was the first woman bishop of the Episcopalian Church. Black and lesbian, her ordination as Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts in 1989 is still being opposed by many in the religious community.
    1930 – Jim Nabors, “Gomer Pyle” was born in Sylacauga, AL.
    1934 – The Black-McKeller Bill passed, forcing Bill Boeing’s empire to break up into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] & United Air Lines
    1935 – 17 year-old Ella Fitzgerald, with the Chick Webb Band, makes her record debut with “Love and Kisses” (Decca 494).
    1935 - Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.
    1938 - Count Basie and Benny Goodman bands play Madison Square Garden.
    1939 - The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated at Cooperstown, NY.  The first players chosen, in 1936, for membership were Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Relics and memorabilia from the history of baseball are housed at this shrine of America's national sport.
    1941 - Chick Corea’s birthday, born Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea in Chelsea, MA.  He established himself as a major jazz figure with his work on Miles Davis's landmark jazz-rock albums "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" in 1969. Corea continued his rock fusion experiments by forming the group Return to Forever in 1972, making extensive use of synthesizers. The group was popular on the rock circuit before disbanding in 1976. Since then, Corea has played mostly acoustic piano.
    1941 – Sportscaster Marv Albert was born in Brooklyn.
    1942 – Len Barry, lead singer of The Dovells, was born in Philadelphia.  "Bristol Stomp" (went to #2), sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc and the group followed with “You Can’t Sit Down” (#3), and “Hully Gully Baby”.  He went solo in 1965 and landed with “1-2-3” (#2), and “Like a Baby”.
    1944 - In the last years of World War II, the Japanese military turned to increasingly desperate (and suicidal) attack methods. One such method was the kaiten: a kamikaze-like torpedo piloted by a crew member grateful for the honor. The sacrificial warriors would climb into 48-foot metal tubes, seat themselves in canvas chairs before a steering wheel and guidance instruments - a compass, Swiss clock, and radio - and wait to hear the fatal word: Fire! Released from the metal bands clamping it to the submarine, the kaiten began rocketing towards eternity. With a top speed of twenty knots and a range of 27 miles, it was quite a sight, although it regularly missed its target as the pilot struggled to keep the speeding missile on course. When he was successful - the kaiten was tipped with a magnetic warhead designed to explode within 25 feet of any metal hull - the pilot was vaporized upon impact, often in mid-prayer. It was impossible for a submerged "mother" sub to retrieve a kaiten, and if the pilot missed his target, he eventually ran out of fuel, and, gliding to the ocean bottom, was fatally crushed by the immense pressure. (“In Harm's Way”)
    1944 - A third wave of Allied forces has landed. There are now 326,000 troops, 104,000 tons of supplies and 54,000 vehicles deployed in Normandy, France. Elements of US 7th Corps and 101st Airborne Division advance across the Carentan Peninsula and southwest. Also, the 4th Division is engaged at Montebourg, Crisbecq and near Azeville to the northward drive on Cherbourg. The 5th Corps assists 7th Corps and advances toward St Lo. Caumont is captured and Foret de Cerisy and the Bayeux road are reached.
    1948 - Stan Kenton Band ends tour with concert at Hollywood Bowl.
    1948 - Eddie Arcaro rode Citation to victory in the Belmont Stakes, making the colt the eighth horse to win the Triple Crown and the last until 1973.
    1948 - Ben Hogan won the US open at Riviera Country Club with a record score of 276, five strokes better than any previous Open score. For Hogan, it was the first of four Open Championships, the others coming in 1950, 1951, and 1953.
    1952 - Maurice Olley, Chevrolet's Chief Engineer, completed his chassis, code-named "Opel," which would eventually become the chassis for the 1953 Corvette. In February of 1956, Arkus-Duntov drove a modified Corvette V-8 to a two-way stock car record of 150 miles per hour at the Daytona Raceway. While the Corvette would not surpass the T-Bird in sales during the 1950s, it would fulfill GM's initial expectation in becoming the first American sports car.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White: - Perez Prado
“Rock Around the Clock” - Bill Haley & His Comets
“Learnin' the Blues” - Frank Sinatra
“In the Jailhouse Now” - Webb Pierce
    1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" entered the Billboard country and western chart. The next week, the record made its debut on the Billboard pop chart as well. The song first sold 100,000 copies in the US South. After Lewis appeared on Steve Allen's TV show, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" sold more than six-million copies. It would eventually top both the country and R'n'B charts, and rise to number three on the Hot 100 survey.  
    1959 - Chess Records released two LPs in US - "Chuck Berry on Top" and "Go Bo Diddley".
    1959 - Sam Cooke insisted on racially integrated seating for his dual-headlining show with Jackie Wilson in Norfolk, VA.
    1961 - President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, "at all times during the day and night." Discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier in 1961 on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument led to the proposal to fly the Flag continuously, which by law could only be done by Congressional legislation or by Presidential proclamation. 
    1961 – In one of the first rock tours to play on the continent, Frankie Avalon began a 12-day tour of South America.
    1963 - Medgar Evers, civil rights activist and martyr, was assassinated in front of his home in Jackson, MS by KKK member Byron DeLa Beckwith.
    1963 - Elizabeth Taylor starred in the $40,000,000 film epic, "Cleopatra". The movie certainly gave ticket buyers their money's worth. It lasted for four hours, three minutes. "Cleopatra" opened at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City on this day. Richard Burton starred as Marc Antony, Rex Harrison played Julius Caesar, Hume Cronyn played Sosigines, Carroll O'Connor was Casa and Roddy McDowell appeared as Octavian.
    1963 - Top Hits
“It's My Party” - Lesley Gore
“Sukiyaki” - Kyu Sakamoto
“Da Doo Ron Ron” - The Crystals
“Lonesome 7-7203” - Hawkshaw Hawkins
    1964 - Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African president and political activist, was sentenced to life imprisonment after conviction for "sabotaging" the South African government. Many American were incensed, both political and business boycotts began.
    1965 - Sonny and Cher made their US television debut, singing "Just You" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
    1965 - Six weeks after it entered the Billboard Hot 100, "Back in My Arms Again" becomes The Supremes’ fifth consecutive number one hit. They were the first American group to accomplish that feat.
    1965 - The Queen of England announced that The Beatles would receive the coveted MBE Award. The Order of the British Empire recognition had previously been bestowed only upon British military heroes, many of whom were so infuriated by the news, they returned their medals to the Queen. In fact, John Lennon wasn't terribly impressed with receiving the honor. He returned it for other reasons.
    1966 - The Dave Clark Five broke a record by becoming the first rock band to make 12 appearances on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
    1967 - The US Supreme Court decision in “Loving v Virginia” swept away all 16 remaining state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
    1971 - Top Hits
“Want Ads” - The Honey Cone
“Rainy Days and Mondays” - Carpenters
“It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move” - Carole King
“You're My Man” - Lynn Anderson
    1972 – The best chicken on the planet!  Popeye’s was founded in Arabi, LA.
    1972 - Ronnie Spector finally escaped the infamous Alhambra, CA mansion of Phil Spector, barefoot and assisted by her mother, after being held there since their marriage in 1968. Ronnie, formerly lead singer of the Ronettes, reportedly escaped by crashing through the glass door at the back of the "castle," leading to deep cuts on her feet.
    1973 - Grand Funk record "We're An American Band", which will become their first US number one single by the following September.
    1973 - Emily Howell is hired by Frontier Airlines, the first woman pilot for a scheduled passenger airline in the United States. She had trained male commercial pilots for years. About six months later, Bonnie Tiburzi flew out of New York as the first woman pilot of a nationwide airline, American Airlines.

    1974 – Hideki Matsui was born in Ishikawa, Japan.  After playing the first ten seasons of his career in Japan, he played the next seven seasons, from 2003–2009, for the New York Yankees. He was the 2009 World Series MVP which the Yankees won, their 28th World Championship.  Combining his Japanese and Major League careers, he hit 507 HRs and knocked over 1600 runs.        
    1978 – “Son of Sam”, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 365 years in prison for six killings in NYC.
    1979 - Top Hits
“Love You Inside Out” - Bee Gees
“We are Family” - Sister Sledge
“Just When I Needed You Most” - Randy Vanwarmer
“She Believes in Me” - Kenny Rogers
    1981 - Major League baseball players began a 49 day strike over free-agent compensation.
    1983 - The state of Utah was besieged by floods and mudslides. Streets in downtown Salt Lake City were sandbagged and turned into rivers of relief. The town of Thistle was completely inundated as a mudslide made a natural dam.
    1983 – The uniforms of Charlie Gehringer, #2, and Hank Greenberg, #5, were retired by the Detroit Tigers, a late honor to two Hall of Famers.  They joined Al Kaline’s #6 which was retired in 1980.
    1987 - President Ronald Reagan delivered a now-famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Destruction began November 9, 1989 on the Berlin Wall that had divided the city for some 28 years.
    1987 - Top Hits
“You Keep Me Hangin' On” - Kim Wilde
“Always” - Atlantic Starr
“Head to Toe” - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
“I Will Be There” - Dan Seals
    1988 - A dozen of Canada's top songwriters were honored in Vancouver for writing songs that had been played on Canadian radio at least 100,000 times since 1965. Gene MacLellan won three of the awards from the Performing Rights Organization of Canada, including one for writing the Anne Murray hit, "Snowbird". The others were for "Put Your Hand in the Hand" and "The Call". Burton Cummings also won three awards for "Stand Tall", "Break It to Them Gently" and "These Eyes".
    1990 - Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases.
    1990 – Cal Ripken, Jr played in his 1,308th consecutive game, moving into second-place on the all-time list ahead of former Yankees and red Sox SS Everett Scott (1918-25). Ripken passed Lou Gehrig in 1995 when he played in his 2131st consecutive game as the all-time leader and retired with the still-record 2,632 in 1998.
    1991 - Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva held a seminar about the World Wide Web, a new hypertext system designed by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee during a fellowship at CERN. In May, Berners-Lee had presented the architecture for the World Wide Web to a CERN committee and released a version of the Web on CERN's computers. Berners-Lee had been developing the system, which allowed Internet documents to "link" to each other easily, since 1989. By 1990, he had created the basic parameters of the World Wide Web, which were posted on the Internet in the summer of 1991. Berners-Lee continued to develop the Web through 1993, working with feedback from Internet users. By late 1991 and early 1992, the Web was widely discussed, and in early 1993, when Marc Andreessen and other graduate students at the University of Illinois released the Mosaic browser (Netscape's precursor), the Web rapidly became a popular communications medium.
    1991 - The Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship. The Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.  One of the NBA's greatest dynasties, they won six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. The years between the three-peats were those in which Michael Jordan retired following his father’s murder, to play minor league baseball.  All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. The Bulls are the only NBA franchise to win multiple championships and never lose an NBA Finals in their history.
    1992 - In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Russian Boris Yeltsin stated that in the early 1950's the Soviet Union had shot down nine U.S. planes and held 12 American survivors.
    1994 - The gruesomely-murdered bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were discovered outside Nicole's Brentwood, California condominium. Within days, actor/football legend O.J. Simpson was charged by police. He was acquitted in criminal court [1995], but found liable for the deaths in a civil suit [1997]. The murderer(s) have not been caught as of this date (or was he and let go by a “glove that did not fit?”)
    1994 – The Boeing 777 made its first flight.
    1996 - In Philadelphia, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
    1997 - Interleague play began in Major League Baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
    1998 - Compaq Computer paid $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corp. in largest high-tech acquisition. In 2002, Compaq was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $24.2 billion.
2002 - The Los Angeles Lakers make it three NBA Championships in
a row.

    2003 - Van Morrison, Queen, Little Richard and Phil Collins were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony.
    2009 - In the US, the switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.
    2012 – Alex Rodriguez tied Lou Gehrig’s record by hitting his 23rd career grand slam.  The 8th-inning blast allows the Yankees to tie the score, and Nick Swisher hit a two-run shot later that inning for a 6 - 4 win.

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        1991 - Chicago Bulls
        2002 - Los Angeles Lakers



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